On Posner's Wards

Richard Posner, a judge of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a New York Times op-ed co-authored December 2 with Law Professor Eric Segall, takes Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to task for threatening America with a “majoritarian theocracy” because of his repeated . . . . Continue Reading »

Prayer at Winter Solstice

Our contributor and next years' honoree for the Annual Poetry Reading, Dana Gioia, was just named California's Poet Laureate. Here's an illustration of why:Prayer at Winter SolsticeBlessed is the road that keeps us homeless. Blessed is the mountain that blocks our way.Blessed are hunger . . . . Continue Reading »

Some Persecuted Minorities Are Funny

Take a look at this clip from a recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In the clip, Colbert mocks Republican presidential candidates who argue for admitting Syrian Christians as religious refugees. At least I think that’s what he’s doing. Unfortunately, in attacking the GOP, . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 12.4.15

What We Fear When We Fear Terrorism
Ross Douthat, New York Times

Remembering the Soviet Union's Disappeared
Noah Sneider, Atlantic

Biotech Enhancement and the History of Redemption
Gilbert Meilander, New Atlantis

Politically Correct Holy Rollers: The New Campus Revival
Helen Andrews, National Review

How Can I Change the Conversation at my College around Gay People in the Church?
Eve Tushnet, Patheos

C. S. Lewis' Greatest Fiction: Convincing American Kids They Would Like Turkish Delight
Jesse Zimmerman, Atlas Obscura

‘You Stink' He Explained: the unending deliciousness of literary rivalries
Joseph Epstein, Commentary

‘People Need Other Things To Live By’: An Interview with the author of Laurus
Rod Dreher, Eugene Vodolazkin, The American Conservative

What We've Been Reading—12.4.15

In a recent address in New York, Martin Mosebach, winner of the Georg Büchner Prize, Germany's most prestigious literary award, described the metaphysical outlook of his countrymen: “In Germany we like to distinguish between the glistening surface and the deeper values.